World renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck joins Top Chef: Seattle as a celebrity guest judge to celebrate the 10th anniversary season of Top Chef on Bravo.
The new season of Top Chef kicks off with Top Chef: Seattle as twenty-one chefs from around the country enter the Bravo kitchen.
When Top Chef returns, Wolfgang Puck will join Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and Emeril Lagasse and host Padma Lakshmi as 21 cheftestants compete for the Top Chef: Seattle crown.
With Chef Puck on board as a judge, the contestants will need to raise their games for one of the world’s most successful names in the industry. The famous chef has built an empire that encompasses three separate Wolfgang Puck entities: Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Wolfgang Puck Catering, and Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc..
The name Wolfgang Puck has become synonymous with only the best of the best when it comes to fine dining.
So, beyond the Top Chef competition, what does Wolfgang Puck think about the Seattle restaurant scene?
“I think Seattle, the whole Northwestern part, is coming totally alive now,” Chef Puck told The Deadbolt ahead of the premiere on Bravo. “Seattle, Portland, the wine industry, the food industry and so on, I think it’s really amazing.”
Although Wolfgang Puck has primarily spent the past three decades in Los Angeles and Hollywood sculpting his own restaurants Ma Maison, Spago, Chinois on Main, and CUT, Puck couldn’t help but recognize that more and more top chefs are sprouting up all around the country.
In the Pacific Northwest, Puck feels that the area is just now coming of age with its own unique flavor.
“One of the reasons is because there are so many talented young chefs out there who opened their own restaurants,” Puck continued to The Deadbolt, “more restaurants where the food quality is the most important part. They might not be as polished in service, or their restaurant might not look as beautiful, but they have really good restaurants.”
For Top Chef: Seattle, the Bravo competition goes back to the basics, with culinary challenges that require a mastery of the primary skills of a chef. The Top Chef: Seattle chefs will be pared down week-by-week as they compete to out-flavor, out-cook and out-do their competition.
Given the explosion of the cooking industry on TV in recent years, does Wolfgang feel he needs to be more critical with the chefs?
“I really think it’s a different challenge to be in a restaurant,” added Puck, “to fit into a team than here where you’re basically by yourself, the only cooking competition. Some people are very good at cooking in competition. When you look at the pastry cooking competition, they make these amazing sculptures. Do these guys know how to make pastries which taste good? Sometimes not and sometimes yes.”
Top Chef: Seattle premieres November 7 at 10/9c on Bravo.